10 Quick Facts About Desire Wilson, a former racing driver from South Africa

on March 02, 2023

Desire Wilson is a former racing driver from South Africa who competed in various motorsport categories in the 1970s and 1980s. Here are some facts about her:

  1. Desire Wilson was born on November 26, 1953, in Brakpan, South Africa.

  2. She began her motorsport career in karting and moved on to compete in various car racing championships.

  3. In 1975, she became the first woman to win a Formula Ford race in South Africa.

  4. In 1980, she moved to the United Kingdom to compete in the British Formula 1 Championship, becoming the first woman to race in the series.

  5. In 1980, she won the prestigious British Formula 1 Championship race at Brands Hatch, becoming the first woman to win a Formula 1 race of any kind.

  6. She also competed in other motorsport categories such as Formula 3, Formula 2, and sports car racing, including the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

  7. In 1984, she became the first woman to test a Formula 1 car designed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

  8. She retired from competitive racing in the late 1980s and later worked as a racing driving coach and a motorsport commentator.

  9. In 2019, she was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame for her achievements in motorsport.

  10. Desire Wilson's achievements as a female racing driver helped pave the way for other women in motorsport, and she remains a respected figure in the sport.


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